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Posted Apr 5th, 2013

Great Wired magazine article on the data that remains on discarded smartphones.

Here’s a great article from Wired magazine on the data that remains on discarded smartphones.

Break Out a Hammer: You’ll Never Believe the Data ‘Wiped’ Smartphones Store

Few things are more precious, intimate and personal than the data on your smartphone. It tracks your location and logs your calls. It’s your camera and your mobile banking device; in some cases it is a payment system in and of itself that knows what you bought and when and where and for how much. All of which explains why you wipe it before sending it off to a recycler or selling it on eBay, right? Problem is, even if you do everything right, there can still be lots of personal data left behind.

We wanted to see what kind of data was lurking on our devices, so we rounded up every old phone we could scrounge up from around the office and asked the owners to wipe them.


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